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Piazza del Popolo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Borghese Gallery Masterpieces & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Tour

Learn about Cardinal Borghese's vast art collection and the stories behind each piece on this guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens. Stroll along shady lanes among sculptures and tranquil fountains. Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned both the Villa Borghese itself and many of the great works still on display in its gallery. Works by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Titian remain in their original settings, as envisioned by the Cardinal, a fiercely determined collector. Strictly-controlled entry to the Villa and Gallery can make booking difficult and complicated. This package lets you avoid the organizing and even skip the line to get in when you arrive. During this fully-guided tour you’ll hear more about Cardinal Borghese’s quest to complete his collection, and the stories behind the artworks themselves, including Bernini’s "Apollo and Daphne", Canova’s "Pauline Bonaparte", Caravaggio’s "St. Jerome" and Raphael’s "The Deposition". Your guide will be an English speaker and an expert on the collection, and audio headsets ensure you’ll hear every word they say. The tour also includes a visit to the Borghese Gardens: once the Cardinal’s private park, now a favorite spot for locals to relax among sculptures, plants, and water features, and get away from it all. From the Pincio Terrace, you can appreciate another kind of work of art: the vista of Rome itself, from the Piazza del Popolo in the distance.

Rome Guided Golf Cart 3-Hour Tour

2. Rome Guided Golf Cart 3-Hour Tour

Explore Rome via a unique mode of transport and see more of the city than you would on foot. During a 3-hour sightseeing tour by street legal golf cart, you will make easy work of the Eternal City, and even visit hidden gems, such as the Aventine and Celio hills, not usually included on walking tours. Departing from Piazza del Popolo, in front of the "twin" churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, set off for Rome’s historic center and see sights such as the baroque Trevi Fountain. According to legend, if you throw a coin in the fountain you are guaranteed to one day return to Rome. You will also pass Piazza Barberini, Piazza Colonna, named for the marble Column of the Roman Marcus Aurelius, and Piazza Venezia, the very center of Rome dominated by the Victor Emmanuel II monument to a unified Italy. Drive to lesser known gems, such as Celio Hill, site of the beautiful villa and gardens of Villa Celimontana and the ancient basilicas of Santo Stefano Rotondo and Santi Giovanni e Paolo. And explore Aventine Hill, home to the Knights of Malta, city rose garden, and a fragrant orange grove. Tours are tailored to client’s wishes and all itineraries are suggestions. The purpose is to give you an idea of what one can see during a tour in a golf cart, and what the tour can cover starting and ending from the Piazza del Popolo.

Rome: Private City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with Transfer

3. Rome: Private City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with Transfer

Take a trip back in time and discover what ancient Rome was like, visit the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and the Pantheon. Enjoy the beauties of the Eternal City, its squares, its alleys and its statues. Admire the city from the top of its terraces and discover Rome in all its grandeur. Discover the charm of the Vatican City, with St. Peter's Basilica and its majestic square. Enjoy a good ice cream or an excellent coffee.

Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

4. Rome: Guided City Center Evening Sightseeing Walking Tour

Take in the sights in the center of Rome in the evening light during this guided walking tour. Travel from the grand Piazza del Popolo to the vibrant Campo de’ Fiori market. View iconic sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the ancient Pantheon. Meet your guide at Piazza del Popolo, where churches, fountains, and monuments tastefully embellish the square. Walk up to the Pincio Terrace to admire the sunset over Rome and enjoy breathtaking views over the city. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Continue your walk to the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome one day. Visit Piazza della Rotonda and admire the exterior of the historic Pantheon. Built in 27 B.C. the Pantheon was dedicated to all the Roman gods. In the 7th century, it was converted to a church dedicated to Mary and the martyrs. It is also the resting place of some major Renaissance artists, including Raffaello. Admire Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in the center of iconic Piazza Navona. The square also features other important sculptural and architectural creations, including the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Palazzo Pamphili, the Neptune Fountain at the northern end, and the Moor Fountain at the southern end. End your evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a site that at one time was noted for races and executions. In the center of the square you’ll see the statue of Giordano Bruno. Today Campo de’ Fiori is a busy marketplace in the morning and a center of nightlife after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect place to continue your evening in the Eternal City after your guided tour.

Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by E-Bike

5. Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by E-Bike

Rome is a city filled with ancient monuments, bustling city streets, fascinating alleyways, and small, hidden squares. It is a sprawling city with many hills, and by foot it can be completely overwhelming. Today, you'll hop on an E-bike and experience the joys of Rome - from its elegant shopping streets to its ancient monuments - on a fun and healthy day of bike riding! This itinerary aims to show you the Rome you can't afford to miss, and combine it with the more intimate corners of the city. Perfectly balanced, leisurely and safety-conscious, this tour will show you the following main attractions: Colosseum Imperial Forums Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano monument Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza del Popolo Park of Villa Borghese and scenic view of Rome Piazza Navona (former Stadium of Domitian) Pantheon Jewish ghetto and Portico di Ottavia Theatre of Marcellus Panoramic view of the Roman Forum

Rome: 3-Hour Roman Holiday by Segway

6. Rome: 3-Hour Roman Holiday by Segway

The Roman Holiday Tour departs from Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous piazzas in Rome, in the waiting room of the Urbe at the top of the famous Spanish Steps (Via del Babuino, Via del Corso and Via di Ripetta). After a short practice with the Segways to ensure everyone is confident riding them, the tour guide will take you down the ancient Roman road like in the famous film Roman Holiday. In Piazza della Rotonda, see the Pantheon, one of the oldest and best preserved monuments in Rome. Then go across the sacred area of Largo Torre Argentina and on to the Roman ghetto, where you’ll see Teatro Marcello, the Bocca della Verità and the Circus Maximus. Finally, you'll arrive at the monumental amphitheatre of the Colosseum and the magnificent area around the Imperial Forums. On the way back, you'll see the glorious “Vittoriano” (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) and the famous Trevi Fountain as you come into Piazza di Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps. The famous Via Margutta, well-known for its art shops and 16th-century houses, rounds off the tour in Piazza del Popolo.

Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

7. Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Tour by Segway

Explore Rome on a guided Segway tour to sights like Piazza di Pietra. Glide through Villa Borghese and climb up Pincian Hill without breaking a sweat. Cruise through the Campo Marzio district with ease.  Learn how to operate a Segway upon meeting your guide on Piazza del Popolo, and then head towards the grounds of the magnificent Villa Borghese once everyone is confident on this easy-to-ride, self-balancing vehicle. Discover the ancient monuments of the third largest park in Rome, including the legendary Borghese Gallery, home to a treasure trove of art by the most famous painters from Italy.  Continue to the lake before riding over to Piazza di Siena. Make your way up the Pincio (Pincian Hill) to get breathtaking view over the city. Head back down into the bustling city center and visit some of the main squares and alleyways of the Campo Marzio district.  Admire the impressive Pantheon and get a closer look at the colonnades of the Temple of Hadrian in Piazza di Pietra. See Bernini's glorious Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Boat) in Piazza di Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

8. Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Experience the sights of Rome from the River Tiber with a ticket to the hop-on and hop off boat cruise for 24 hours. Relax on the open upper decks or comfortable lower lounges, while the on board commentary provides a history of the city and bridges as they glide by. Stretching from the bridge of Nenni to Tiberina Island, the total distance of the cruise is approximately 6 kilometers (3.6 miles). Your ticket is valid for any departure from 4 stops:  1. Isola Tiberina: Lungotevere Degli Anguillara side 2. Angelo Bridge: Lungotevere Tor Di Nona side 3. Justice Palace: Lungotevere Marzio 4. Popolo Square: Lungotevere In Augusta The tour takes you to beautiful sites such as Piazza del Popolo, Castel S. Angelo, the Vatican City, and more. Jump off at the pier on Isola Tiberina to walk across to Piazza Venezia, Piazza Di Spagna, and the Bocca della Verità. From the pier at Castel S. Angelo, you are just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City. Commentary is bilingual in English, with French, Spanish, Italian, German or Chinese, depending on the majority of customers on board.

Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

9. Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

To enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican you need to have an appointment, and priority viewing tickets are limited. Here you will have a chance to see the Egyptian Obelisk, dating back to the time of Ramses II. Before arriving at St. Peter's Square, and preparing for your audience with the Pope, you will glimpse the impressive Castel Sant'Angelo and the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. The Papal audience will be held in either St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica, or the Audience Hall, depending on seasonal conditions and the number of visitors taking part in the audience. Before the beginning of the audience, you will be given further information on when and where to meet.

Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

10. Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

After you buy the quest, receive a code which grants you access to the quest in the app (the app is free to download). Along the way, find the story of the most prolific executioner in Rome, discover the church of chained spirits, and see the woman who was cursed to lose her hands. Find out many other stories of the people who lived and died in these 10 places that you’ll visit. The quest can be played at any hour, but it is recommended that you try it at night, for the full haunted experience. It will take you from 1 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map or GPS. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point (Piazza del Popolo) and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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What people are saying about Piazza del Popolo

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,066 reviews

A really fantastic introduction to Rome. Thorough, comprehensive: we saw the ‘big ticket’ items like trevi fountain, spanish steps, pantheon, borghese gardens etc and also a number of smaller, lesser known sights. Our guide, Chiara, was incredible. Friendly, engaging, very knowledgeable.

It was indeed an amazing experience for my husband and myself. Very convenient , easy and fast wherever we go. 3 hours city tour is sufficient enough to visit its tourist spots. Would highly recommend this toktok city tour to visitors.

Flawless. Great fun and an amazing way to see Rome. The guide was amazing and funny to, 10/10

Extremely knowledgeable guide, very enlightening! Not to be missed (art lover or not)!

Immersive experience! Alessandro our guide very prepared and available!